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NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable the future of safe and efficient human exploration. Description: NASA worked with MT Aerospace in Augsburg, Germany, to use their patented concave spin forming process and tooling to create new fuel tank domes. The process starts by friction stir welding FSW small metal plates together to create a large, unfinished metal plate known as a blank. This blank is then spin-formed to produce the dome. The single-piece,...
Topic: Where -- Germany
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-15C.html
RS-25D engines line the wall of the Engine Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The 15 engines used during the Space Shuttle Program are being transfered to Stennis Space Center, Miss., where they will be stored for future use on NASA's new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, which will carry NASA's new Orion spacecraft, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond low-Earth orbit. Credit: NASA/KSC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/multimedia/gallery/RS25D2.html
Technicians oversee the installation of a Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne RS-25D engine into a transportation canister in the Engine Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The 15 engines used during the Space Shuttle Program will moved to Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, where they will be stored for future use on NASA's new deep space heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. Credit: NASA/KSC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/multimedia/gallery/RS25D3.html
A RS-25D engine in the Engine Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is awaiting placement in a transportation canister for shipment to Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. The 15 RS-25D engines used during the Space Shuttle Program will be stored at Stennis for future use on NASA's new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, which will carry NASA's new Orion spacecraft, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond low-Earth orbit. Credit: NASA/KSC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/multimedia/gallery/RS25D1.html
After six months of testing, an 18,000 pound Orion mockup took its final splash into NASA Langley Research Center's Hydro Impact Basin on Jan. 6. Orion, the next deep space exploration vehicle, will carry astronauts into space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel, and ensure safe re-entry and landing. The testing, which began in July 2011, simulated different water landing scenarios and took into account different velocities, parachute deployments, entry...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/basin_testing/orion-droptest-jan06A.html
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The Max Launch Abort System launch, July 8, 2009, at 6:26 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
After six months of testing, an 18,000 pound Orion mockup took its final splash into NASA Langley Research Center's Hydro Impact Basin on Jan. 6. Orion, the next deep space exploration vehicle, will carry astronauts into space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel, and ensure safe re-entry and landing. The testing, which began in July 2011, simulated different water landing scenarios and took into account different velocities, parachute deployments, entry...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/basin_testing/orion-droptest-jan06B.html
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Lunar dust has electrostatic charge, which contributes to it's ability to cling to everything, as seen in these Apollo mission pictures of Gene Cernan covered in lunar dust.
Topic: Who -- Gene Cernan
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_06.html
Robotic exploration missions provide NASA vast amounts of data to prepare for future human exploration missions and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter LOLA delivers elevation data which can be used to accurately simulate illumination conditions over long time periods. Description: The image shows the average illumination of the south pole region over four lunar precession cycles each approximately18.6 years,...
Topics: What -- Lunar Orbiter, What -- Altimeter, What -- Crater, What -- Sun
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-14A.html
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NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable the future of safe and efficient human exploration. Description: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne PWR and NASA successfully completed four deep throttling Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine CECE demonstrations, improving available cryogenic engine propulsion technology. The tests demonstrated that the engines could be throttled smoothly down to a new minimum power level of 5.9 percent of full power. Time Frame: This...
Topic: Where -- United States of America
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-15B.html
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Human epidemiology studies of exposure to various doses of X-rays or gamma-rays provide strong evidence that cancer and degenerative diseases are to be expected from exposures to galactic cosmic rays GCR or solar particle events SPE
Topic: What -- Cancer
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_09.html
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) aims to measure robotic and human sample sites on the moon. Description: This LROC image of the Apollo 16 landing site was acquired when the sun was nearly overhead, which causes white and metallic artifacts left on the surface to stand out in high contrast. The Apollo 16 astronauts...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Apollo 16, What -- Sun
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/470108main_2010-26B_full.jpg
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NASA education opportunities provide students an enhanced knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math STEM. Program Summary: A specially modified NASA aircraft provides opportunities for engineering students and NASA investigators to work together in a simulated microgravity environment. These students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing tests related to scientific and engineering design principles. Objective: The microgravity experience aims to give students an...
Topics: What -- Opportunity, Where -- Johnson Space Center JSC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-14B.html
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Analog missions allow NASA to research, develop and test operational concepts and systems in challenging Earth environments similar to those that astronauts may face during missions to near-Earth objects, the moon or Mars. Mission Summary: NASA conducts analog missions at Pavilion Lake in British Columbia, Canada because the extreme, remote location is ideal for testing and developing research techniques for exploration site surveys and science data collection. Description: Hosted by the...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Mars, What -- Columbia, What -- Opportunity, Where -- Canada
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/470094main_2010-26A_full.jpg
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A pre-launch view of the control room at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Topic: Where -- Wallops Flight Facility
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/galleries/mlas-18.html
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NASA education opportunities provide students an enhanced understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM. Program Summary: The Student Launch Initiative SLI provides middle school, high school, and university teams the opportunity to design, build and launch rockets to a one-mile altitude. The rockets must carry a science payload, also designed and built by the student teams. Objective: The aim is to give students experience in NASA engineering, construction and science...
Topic: What -- Opportunity
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-15A.html
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Missions to the Moon may include up to 24 hours of EVA per astronaut per week. Mission success depends on designing EVA systems and protocols that maximize human performance and efficiency while minimizing health and safety risks for crewmembers. The orange extravehicular suit is worn during launch and landing. The white suit is for Moonwalks and lunar exploration and is self contained.
Topic: What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_07.html
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Space radiation may place the crew at significant risk for radiation sickness, and increased lifetime risk for cancer, central nervous system effects, and degenerative diseases. Beyond Low Earth Orbit, the protection of the Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere are no longer available. We will need to learn more to be certain that acceptable risks are not exceeded and to understand shielding and biological countermeasures required to protect the crew.
Topics: What -- Cancer, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_08.html
NASA education opportunities provide students an enhanced understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM. Program Summary: The WLMR Design Challenge is a competition in which students must create a water recycling system that can be used by astronauts living on other planets. Twenty-one middle school teams competed in the challenge's inaugural year. Objective: Teams must design, construct and test a water recycling system on a simulated wastewater stream. They then...
Topics: What -- Opportunity, Where -- North Dakota
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-16B.html
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Mineral dust with similar properties to lunar dust are known to be toxic as well as being an irritant. Health standards are needed based on the estimated exposure risks in order to design lunar habitats. HRP research will produce a health standard for inhalation exposure to lunar dust particles at a level that is safe, but not overly conservative. In addition, provide an understanding of the risks for eye and skin irritation.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_05.html
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The purpose behind human centered design is to reduce the probability of injury of crewmembers and to reduce or mitigate risks to human performance or achieving mission objectives.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_10.html
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Robotic exploration missions provide NASA vast amounts of data to prepare for future human exploration missions and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) measures robotic and human sites on the moon with high resolution. Description: This area is the heart of the Dewar geochemical anomaly, a rare mare basalt deposit (a large, dark plain of volcanic material) on the far side of the moon. Unlike many mare basalts, the Dewar deposit is an...
Topic: What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/465909main_2010-23_full.jpg
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NASA education opportunities enhance students' understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Project Summary: In partnership with Texas Instruments, NASA's Math and Science @ Work project works with teachers to develop supplemental application problems into Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These problems are human space exploration based and integrate with courses such as calculus, physics, chemistry, biology and statistics. Objective: NASA develops this content to...
Topics: Where -- Texas, Where -- Washington
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/468249main_2010-25B_full.jpg
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Project Summary: Crater counts suggest that the Schrodinger impact basin, located on the lunar far side, is one of the youngest impact basins on the moon. The cone is believed to be made primarily of volcanic materials, largely due to the dark halo that can be seen surrounding it in visible light images. The basin floor is relatively flat and smooth,...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), What -- Moon, What -- Visible Light,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/472075main_2010-28_full.jpg
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) aims to measure robotic and human sample sites on the moon. Description: This LROC image of the Apollo 16 landing site was acquired when the sun was nearly overhead, which causes white and metallic artifacts left on the surface to stand out in high contrast. The Apollo 16 astronauts...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Apollo 16, What -- Sun
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/470108main_2010-26B_full.jpg
JSC2011-E-217270 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217270.html
JSC2011-E-217271 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217271.html
JSC2011-E-217268 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217268.html
JSC2011-E-217269 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217269.html
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'We have taken to the Moon the wealth of this nation,
the vision of its political leaders,
the intelligence of its scientists,
the dedication of its engineers,
the careful craftsmanship of its workers,
and the enthusiastic support of its people.
We have brought back rocks, and I think it is a fair trade . . .
Man has always gone where he has been able to go. It's that simple.
He will continue pushing back his frontier,
no matter how far it may carry him from his homeland.'' -...
Topics: Who -- Michael Collins, What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_02.html
JSC2011-E-217264 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217264.html
JSC2011-E-217272 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217272.html
Engineers and technicians in the A-2 Test Control Center at NASA's Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi monitor activities during a Nov. 9 test of a next-generation J-2X rocket engine. The 500-second test marked an important step in development of an upper stage for NASA's new heavy-lift Space Launch System. The J-2X engine is being developed for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif. Image credit: NASA/SSC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/j2x/j2x_monitoring.html
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Astronaut Harrison Schmitt uses scoop to retrieve lunar samples during EVA.
Topic: Who -- Harrison Schmitt
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_03.html
JSC2011-E-217266 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217266.html
JSC2011-E-217263 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217263.html
JSC2011-E-217267 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217267.html
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The view of the July 8 Max Launch Abort System flight from a NASA helicopter. Credit: NASA/Jim Mason Foley
JSC2011-E-217265 (20 Dec. 2011) A test article that mimics the Orion spacecraft is seen under parachutes Tuesday, Dec. 20, as NASA engineers conducted a drop test above Yuma, Ariz. The Orion team was examining how the spacecraft would land under only two parachutes, instead of the normal three.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/parachute_testing/jsc2011e217265.html
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Project Summary: International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a collaborative effort between Education and Public Outreach teams at GSFC, MSFC, and ARC, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Objective: To engage lunar science, exploration, and education communities, to engage and educate the general public about the...
Topics: What -- Moon, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Marshall Space Flight Center...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/474106main_2010-29_full.jpg
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: Scientists use data returned by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera to learn why boulders are present on some wrinkle ridges and not others. Description: Lunar wrinkle ridges are tectonic features resulting from compressive stresses. The ridge shown here has a well-defined, broad rise with numerous superposed wrinkles. Also...
Topic: What -- Opportunity
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/471107main_2010-27_full.jpg
Robotic exploration missions provide NASA vast amounts of data to prepare for future human exploration missions and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: Astronomers bounce laser signals off reflectors on Apollo-era lunar spacecraft to track how the moon is slowly moving away from the Earth. Description: Using information provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO instrument teams, researchers at the University of California San Diego UCSD successfully bounced laser...
Topics: What -- Lunar Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- Earth, What -- Lunokhod 1, What -- Altimeter, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-16D.html
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NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable the future of safe and efficient human exploration. Research Objective: Spaceflight disrupts sleep. Understanding how light controls human circadian rhythms allows scientists to use light to optimize astronaut behavioral performance. Summary: Human brains secrete hormones in response to sunlight and darkness to ensure wakefulness during peak behavioral performance, and sleep to refresh the body. This research found...
Topic: What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/480342main_2010-33-1A_full.jpg
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Analog mission field tests allow scientists and engineers to develop and test concept mission systems in remote environments similar to those that future explorers may face. Challenge: As NASA prepares to explore the solar system, the agency conducts analog field tests to validate systems that could be used to leverage space resources – a procedure called In-Situ Resource Utilization ISRU. Current ISRU field tests are focused on remotely operated technologies that extract oxygen and water...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Earth, Where -- Hawaii
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-18A.html
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NASA conducts research while orbiting more than 200 miles above the Earth to learn how humans and materials behave outside of a gravity-influenced world. Research Objective: The Spinal Elongation and its Effects on Seated Height in a Microgravity Environment Spinal Elongation study provides quantitative data about the amount of change that occurs in height while seated due to spinal elongation in microgravity. Research Purpose: Gathering measurements in microgravity is necessary to correctly...
Topic: What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-16C.html
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Robotic exploration missions provide NASA vast amounts of data to prepare for future human exploration missions and learn more about the universe. Objective: Researchers aim to identify rock types that lie beneath the surface and uncover the complex history of the moon. Description: The LRO Camera LROC continues to reveal contrasting materials weathering out of slopes or being uncovered by impact events. In the upper image, black patches appear on the wall of a volcanic rille, which is a narrow...
Topic: What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-17A.html
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Mission architecture limits the amount of equipment and procedures that will be available to treat medical problems. Resource allocation and technology development must be performed to ensure that the limited mass, volume, power, and crew training time be efficiently utilized to provide the broadest possible treatment capability.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_04.html
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NASA education opportunities provide students an enhanced understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM. Program Summary: The NASA Fit Explorer FE gives students an opportunity to “train like an astronaut”. Students participate in hands-on activities modeled after the real-life requirements of astronauts, which gives them an understanding of the science behind nutrition and physical fitness. This has become a global initiative. Objective: Students will increase...
Topics: What -- Explorer, What -- Opportunity, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-17B.html
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NASA conducts research while orbiting more than 200 miles above the Earth to learn how humans and materials behave outside of a gravity-influenced world. Research Summary: The SAME investigation measures smoke properties, or particle size distribution, of typical particles that are found in different types of spacecraft fire smoke. The experiment will also evaluate the sensitivity of smoke detectors currently in use in space. Research Purpose: Smoke behaves differently in the reduced gravity...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- International Space Station ISS, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-18B.html
NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable the future of safe and efficient human exploration. Research Summary: The LTM/iRevive System is an integrated system that will provide an accurate patient history and assist in treatment to help astronauts provide efficient medical care in the event of an accident or other medical emergency during spaceflight. Description: The National Space and Biomedical Research Institute Smart Medical Systems and Technology team...
Topic: What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/485647main_2010-35A_full.jpg
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The purpose behind human centered design is to reduce the probability of injury of crewmembers and to reduce or mitigate risks to human performance or achieving mission objectives.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/humanresearch/multimedia/images/hrpg_img_00.html
NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable future safe and efficient human exploration. Description: NASA is developing techniques using new sensors for precision landing and real-time hazard avoidance. These techniques use reconnaissance terrain information for precision landing navigation and real-time active imaging with lidars (light detection and ranging sensors) to detect landing hazards. Time Frame: This work began in 2006 and is planned to end in...
Topic: What -- Earth
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NASA conducts research while orbiting more than 200 miles above the Earth to learn how biological systems behave outside of a gravity-influenced world. Research Summary: PADIAC is a collaborative experiment between NASA and European Space Agency researchers to learn how genes regulate the activation of the immune system's T-cells. Description: Spaceflight alters immune system cells such as T-cells. PADIAC will determine how microgravity affects gene expression underlying T-cell stimulation....
Topic: What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/490746main_2010-36_full.jpg
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is imaging robotic and past human exploration sites on the moon. Description: By comparing photographs from past eras of exploration with the high resolution data being returned by the LROC Narrow Angle Camera, we can identify new craters that have formed. In this case, bright ejecta and...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Apollo 15, What -- Panoramic Camera, What -- Crater
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/475523main_2010-30_full.jpg
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: Investigate the distribution of impact materials in and around lunar craters from the Copernican age approximately one billion years ago - present, to learn more about when and how they were formed. Description: Scientists rely on imagery of the well-preserved features of young lunar craters to provide clues about when and how they...
Topics: What -- Crater, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-18D.html
Robotic exploration missions provide NASA vast amounts of data to prepare for future human exploration missions and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: Scientists count the number, size and characteristics of craters in a particular region of the moon in order to determine the age and depth of the lunar surface regolith. Now, volunteers can help scientists explore the lunar landscape using Moon Zoo. Description: Moon Zoo is a citizen science project in which volunteers from...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- USERS, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-19B.html
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NASA conducts research while orbiting more than 200 miles above the Earth to learn how humans and materials behave outside of a gravity-influenced world. Research Summary: The Nutritional Status Assessment study evaluates changes in human physiology e.g. bone metabolism, hormonal changes, vitamin status during spaceflight by collecting blood and urine samples. This will help researchers document the time course of adaptation and understand the effectiveness of exercise and pharmaceutical...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station ISS
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-18C.html
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Analog missions allow NASA to research, develop and test operational concepts and systems in challenging Earth environments similar to those that astronauts may face during missions to near-Earth objects, the moon or Mars. Mission Summary: NASA conducts analog missions at Pavilion Lake in British Columbia, Canada because the extreme, remote location is ideal for testing and developing research techniques for exploration site surveys and science data collection. Description: Hosted by the...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Mars, What -- Columbia, What -- Opportunity, Where -- Canada
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) measures robotic and human sample sites on the moon. Description: The LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) images are used to make preliminary large area mosaics, like this one of Orientale. Orientale is only partially flooded by eruptions of mare basalt, so its internal structure is still...
Topic: What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/467183main_2010-24_full.jpg
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NASA helicopter bird's-eye view of Max Launch Abort System flight. / Credit: NASA/Jim Mason Foley
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NASA helicopter bird's-eye view of Max Launch Abort System flight. / Credit: NASA/Jim Mason Foley
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images robotic and human sample sites on the moon. Description: Newly discovered cliffs in the lunar crust indicate the moon shrank globally in the geologically recent past and might still be shrinking today. As the lunar interior cooled and contracted the entire moon shrank by about 100...
Topic: What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/477890main_2010-31B_full.jpg
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Analog missions allow NASA to research, develop and test operational concepts and systems in challenging Earth environments similar to those that astronauts may face during missions to near earth objects, the moon or Mars. Project Summary: NASA conducts analog missions on Devon Island, Canada because of its isolation and lack of infrastructure. It is also home to a large impact crater that offers a unique opportunity for exploration operations, design, development, testing and training....
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Mars, What -- Crater, What -- Opportunity, Where -- Canada
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The Max Launch Abort System flight demonstration will simulate an emergency on the launch pad. While the pad abort test begins at liftoff, the demonstration of objectives begins at the seven second mark at burnout of the solid motors. Test points of interest are demonstration of unpowered flight along a stable trajectory, vehicle reorientation and stabilization, followed by crew module simulator separation from the fairing, stabilization and parachute recovery of the crew module simulator....
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NASA conducts research while orbiting more than 200 miles above the Earth to learn how humans and materials behave outside of a gravity-influenced world. Research Summary: The Pro K investigation is NASA's first evaluation of a dietary countermeasure against bone loss associated with spaceflight. By providing a controlled diet to the astronauts and taking blood and urine samples, researchers will learn how the diet affects the loss of bone mass in flight, and the recovery of bone after landing....
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station ISS, Where -- United States of America
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images robotic and human sample sites on the moon. Description: Large impacts are catastrophic events that leave behind craters and heat portions of the crust to such high temperatures that rocks melt and flow like lava. Almost everything in this image is coated in impact melt, which...
Topic: What -- Moon
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Testing continues at NASA Langley Research Center as the 18,000-pound (8,165 kg) Orion test article took its eight and final splash of the year into the Hydro Impact Basin on Dec. 13. Orion, the next deep space exploration vehicle, will carry astronauts into space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel, and ensure safe re-entry and landing. The testing, which began in this summer, simulates different water landing scenarios and takes into account different...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/basin_testing/orion-droptest-dec13.html
Participatory exploration is the active involvement of individuals as contributors and collaborators throughout NASA's research, science and discovery activities. Summary: NASA invited people from around the world to choose a destination in the mission traverse plan for the 2010 Desert Research and Technologies Studies (Desert RATS) analog field test. Description: Two GigaPan panoramic images of the Arizona desert test site were published for the public to view online and vote on a location for...
Topics: What -- Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS), Where -- Arizona
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) aims to measure robotic and human sample sites on the moon. Description: While a series of LROC Wide Angle Camera calibration images of the Earth were being acquired, the Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) were used to capture this spectacular Earth view. This image is actually a mosaic...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Earth
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NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable the future of safe and efficient human exploration. Summary: The Reaction Self Test is a portable 5-minute reaction time task that allows crewmembers to monitor the daily effects of fatigue on their performance while aboard the International Space Station ISS. This test is derived from the 10-minute Psychomotor Vigilance Test that was extensively validated in laboratory studies, simulators and operational...
Topics: What -- International Space Station ISS, What -- Earth
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/multimedia/highlights/2010-20C.html
NASA is developing and testing new and innovative technologies that will enable the future of safe and efficient human exploration. Research Objective: To understand and develop strategies to optimize space crew behavioral health for exploration missions. Description: Maintaining behavioral health during isolated, dangerous, distant missions is a difficult challenge. Studies have measured astronaut behavioral reactions on the Russian space station Mir and the International Space Station. Time...
Topics: What -- Russian Mir Space Station, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth
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The Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) test vehicle features fixed fins and drag plates to inexpensively, yet effectively, simulate deployable fins or other aerodynamic devices that would be used on an operational launch vehicle. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
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The Max Launch Abort System test vehicle is composed of four major structural components. From top, they are the foreward fairing, the crew module simulator, the coast skirt and the boost skirt. Credit: NASA
On Dec. 14, NASA engineers conducted their final J-2X engine test for 2011 -- the 10th in a series -- at the A-2 test stand at the Stennis Space Center. The upper stage engine is a key component of the Space Launch System, a new heavy-lift launch vehicle capable of missions beyond low-Earth orbit. Image credit: NASA/SSC
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Robotic exploration missions provide vast amounts of data to help NASA prepare for future human exploration and learn more about the universe. Research Objective: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is imaging and measuring robotic and human sample sites on the moon in meter scales. Description: This image of the moon's surface reveals a natural bridge. Natural bridges on Earth are typically caused by wind and water erosion - an unlikely scenario on the moon. This feature was likely...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Earth, What -- Crater
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